Homemade Falafel

Homemade Falafel Recipe

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Beth Streeter


If you love falafel and if you have the time to make it yourself here is a great recipe! I got it from a friend of mines mother. Who has been making this for YEARS. I put the recipe for the Garlic Tahini Sauce in the sauce category. Hope you enjoy it!!


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  • 3/4 c
    uncooked dried chick peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 1/2 c
    uncooked bulgur wheat
  • 1 1/2 c
    coarsely crumbled whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • ·
    vegetable oil

How to Make Homemade Falafel


  1. Quick soak chick peas by placing them in a medium sauce pan then cover with 4 inches of water. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain and discard water.
  2. Cook chick peas by placing in a large saucepan and cover with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours until tender. Rinse drain set aside.
  3. Mean while prepare bulgur wheat according to package directions and set aside.
  4. Place bread in a small baking pan and pour 1/2 cup of water over bread and let stand 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Squeeze water from bread.
  5. Place chick peas, lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt and red pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.
  6. Add bread and bulgur wheat to food processor and process until combined.
  7. Shape falafel mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Let dry at room temperature 1 hour.
  8. Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a large dutch oven over med to high heat. Carefully add falafel to skillet and cook 3 to 3 1/2 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Remove falafel and place on a wire rack to cool
  10. Serve with Garlic Tahini sauce... which is in the spreads section of this website.

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About Homemade Falafel

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy

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